Opening the Doors to R-rated Movies and M-rated Games for my Child: A Parenting Win Story

Today I want to write about screen time. If you're a parent in these crazy modern and financially privileged times, I'm sure you're familiar with it. Everyone has their thoughts, their criticisms, their frustrations...their judgments of other parents' thoughts and criticisms. I've often hated it. How much is too much? Does it really matter if … Continue reading Opening the Doors to R-rated Movies and M-rated Games for my Child: A Parenting Win Story

Things I Want in the Next Batman Movie

As you have likely heard by now, Robert Pattinson is our next Batman. Which is fine. I actually like Pattinson and feel that he’s been generally underrated. I don’t feel super strongly either way about the casting yet. That’s going to depend largely on what version of Batman we’re going to get. And that is something I do have … Continue reading Things I Want in the Next Batman Movie

Happy Birthday, Jackie Chan: A Look at His Career

It’s #AsianApril and Jackie Chan’s 65th birthday! I actually wrote out a whole giant Twitter thread about this to celebrate it all as an alternative to writing this article. But just as I clicked “Send,” it all disappeared. So, here I am. Back on my blog. Trying to not feel frustrated and just keep moving … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Jackie Chan: A Look at His Career

Stunt-Centric vs Choreo-Centric Part 3: Application

I really tried, but apparently I'm not done thinking about these ideas. So here we go! My first Trilogy! Part 3: in which I discuss some of the ways that thinking about action aesthetics in terms of stunt-centric and choreo-centric could be helpful or useful. Application #1: Improving Personal Film Literacy The first way that … Continue reading Stunt-Centric vs Choreo-Centric Part 3: Application

Stunt-Centric vs. Choreo-Centric Action: Part 2

This is Part 2 of my post attempting to more accurately describe and delineate the differences between two general approaches to action. Click here for Part 1, in which I describe the general priorities and emphases of a stunt-centric approach to action. This post will deal with the choreo-centric approach. To recap my goal real … Continue reading Stunt-Centric vs. Choreo-Centric Action: Part 2

Stunt-Centric vs. Choreo-Centric Action: Part 1

Intro and Main Claim I originally wanted to call this post: "A Certain Tendency of the American Cinema or, La politique des martial arteurs” in homage to Francois Truffaut’s seminal work, but ultimately decided against it. : ) Since my last post on the Emmy snub of Into the Badlands for Best Stunt Coordination, I’ve been thinking a … Continue reading Stunt-Centric vs. Choreo-Centric Action: Part 1

Into the Badlands: Why a Brief Harold Lloyd Reference was the Most Amazing Thing Ever

It’s been criminally overdue, but I’m finally catching up on Season 2 of Into the Badlands, and - mark my words - I will never let another season go by to be caught up later! I feel like AMC developed a technology to go into my head, scour the depths of my psyche for everything … Continue reading Into the Badlands: Why a Brief Harold Lloyd Reference was the Most Amazing Thing Ever

Marvelthon #1: Iron Man (2008)

  I came across the image above about a month ago, and decided it sounded like the perfect time/excuse to introduce my 9-year-old son to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the coming of the new year. And thus was born The 2018 Father-Son Marvel Movie Marathon Extravaganza, or The Marvelthon, for short. When I shared my … Continue reading Marvelthon #1: Iron Man (2008)

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to See LADY BIRD

  So I went to see Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird in theaters the other day, and my trip to the movie coincided with what feels like a significant moment in my movie-watching / media-consuming decision-making process. But first, a bit of background… I teach high school media studies classes. One of the classes I’ve envisioned, and … Continue reading A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to See LADY BIRD